Great news for fans of David Cronenberg, the Canadian filmmaker who brought body horror into vogue. Scanners, the cult film of 1981, will become a series for HBO: the news was announced by The Hollywood Reporter a few hours ago. William Bridges, writer of the cult series Black Mirror, will be in charge of the screenplay together with Yann Demange, director of Lovecraft Country.
Cronenberg’s Scanners becomes a series for HBO
At the moment there are few details on this, especially on the cast and on the launch window, but the series is described as “A visceral thriller set in the shocking world of Cronenberg’s film”. A first synopsis specifies that the series will focus on two women living on the fringes of modern society who are pursued by relentless agents with unimaginable powers and must therefore learn to work together to overthrow a vast conspiracy determined to bring them to their knees. David Cronenberg will be on board the project as an executive producer.
Scanners is considered one of Cronenberg’s best films mainly due to the large presence of high-gore scenes, made possible by make-up artist Dick Smith. For years there was talk of a possible exhumation of the film and so it was. Meanwhile Cronenberg is back this year with Crimes of the Future (read our review here), a film starring Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart, presented at the Cannes Film Festival. A pioneer of the film genre referred to as body horror, David has directed cult films such as Videodrome, The fly, Crash And The Dead Zone. The maestro was awarded a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival in 2018 and is ready to shoot his next film.
This, however, the synopsis of Scanners: Scanners are men and women born with extraordinary powers. Many of them exercise the benefits of these special gifts in a safe and judicious way. However, there are others who plan to create a new race that will dominate the world.